So much to love about Paris. The walk able neighborhoods. Art and culture on every corner. Plethora of museums. Sidewalk cafes. Preponderance of icons.
It’s not surprising that it is the most visited city in the world. For as Hemingway brilliantly said, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.”
For me, part of the visual feast that stays with me are the people. The Parisians. The Ex-Pats who have chosen to spend their days in a foreign country being “challenged” as well as delighted. Tourists from all over the world.
Whether sitting at a café or meandering the cobblestone streets, I love observing people and wondering what their stories are.
Dogs aren’t a big deal here though. They like the cafes as much as we do.
The street performers are a hoot. This elegant couple performed at a nearly deserted part of a plaza near Les Halles, almost as if they were there only for their own enjoyment or maybe they were too shy to be at a busy intersection. They beamed and smiled when I threw a coin in the fiddle case and took a photo.
Place Vosges in the Marais is another spot for people watching. Busy and active, it is less well known as a major tourist destination, although on a sunny day, the lawn is packed. We have seen and enjoyed this opera singer on three different trips in this area. He must earn enough to make it worthwhile. His outfits are always striking.
On a recent Sunday in Paris, we were disappointed not to be able to have lunch at the elegant restaurant on the top of Institute Monde Arabe, with its drop dead view down the Seine of Notre Dame and beyond. “It was complete,” we were told.
Instead we meandered over to Rue Mouffetard, found a perfect spot at a sidewalk café and enjoyed the show. It was flea market day . Mouffetard is near the Sorbonne and is a very old old street. Originally it was the road one took to head out of town and go to Rome.
Here are a few of the folks who amused us…..the lady in the red coat with very long neck. Another one decked out in purple shoes, animal print scarf and big red bow that screams “look at me.”
Then there was this guy, marching with a group dressed Nazi-like, through the Marais. I was a little scared of them until this one saw me taking photos, turned and “sorta” smiled. Maybe they were promoting a nightclub act, who knows? I was too chicken to follow.
We were staying near the Notre Dame, so every day I gawked at the tourists on plaza in front of the marvelous cathedral. Caught the gal in the green striped tank top, showing her true feelings about the icon. Wonder if she’s there with her parents and they are making her visit? Or stayed out too late the night before?
And don’t miss the “dress alike” tourists who were in the area at the same time. Now, why would some one get decked out like that?
This lady amused me too. Feathers attached to the glasses, dangling earrings, a mix of pink patterns and plaids. Hmmmmm. Interesting Choices. And the get up on this lady on the Batobus intrigued me. Looks like she’s wearing a lace tablecloth. Ready for a picnic at a moments notice.
I can’t resist the guys with beards. I think they are drawn to Paris for the artistic ambiance. I see lots of them.
This is my favorite. I love this little sweetie, sitting near her Mom in a booth at the busy market, gently playing with a balloon. The purple scarf and red sweater give her Parisian dash that is what I love most about the City of Light .
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